On Wedding Ceremony Programs

I am often asked if couples should have wedding ceremony programs – particularly if they are on a limited spending plan.  The answer is, “it depends”.  If you have an unlimited spending plan, then they are always a nice option and you shouldn’t think twice.  But if you have to make some choices with your finances and wedding ceremony programs may be on the “cut” list, here are some questions to ask yourself: (more…)

When An Event Service Provider (Vendor) Says They Offer Wedding “Coordination”

What happens when an event partner such as a DJ or caterer says that they offer “wedding coordination”?

All of the event partners with whom we work are top notch in their field of expertise, and it’s why we love working in partnership with them. They know what they do best, and they excel at it.

Some other vendors, however, may offer various “pieces” of the puzzle of coordination on the day of the wedding and tempt you by saying that they can “coordinate” your wedding for a nominal upgrade fee. And that fee may be really tempting when you just (more…)

Top Three Myths About Wedding Coordinator Duties

Whether perhaps due to Hollywood stereotypes or general misconceptions which have built up over the years, wedding coordinators have a lot of pressure on them when their clients, guests, or other event partners think certain duties have gone neglected because it was “duty” of the wedding coordinator to perform these duties.

Let’s set the record straight right here and now: a solid, experienced professional coordinator can take care of as much or as little as is contracted- but always has every duty to be performed outlined in writing in contract form in advance. (more…)

How To Help Protect Wedding Gifts at the Wedding

While proper etiquette states that gifts should not be brought to the wedding, but instead shipped to the bride and groom in advance (or up to one year after the wedding), we still see our fair share of gifts and envelopes brought to weddings. So much so, we make sure there is a table or space at the sign-in area for those well-intentioned guests who schlep their offering to the wedding and create one more task for the couple to have to deal with post-wedding.  Bless them. (more…)

Lake Tahoe Location Spotlight: The Hyatt Regency, Lake Tahoe Resort

Photo: Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Website

Let’s be honest. You can’t come to Lake Tahoe and expect to have an ordinary wedding. With Mother Nature providing majestic masterpieces at every turn and the incredible range of activities for couples and their guests, it is no wonder so many choose to host a destination wedding in Lake Tahoe.

The Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe is one of the most sought-after wedding locations because of its location on the lake (including beautiful cabins situated lakeside). It also boasts event sites that can be used year-round including: private lakeside beach, two distinct ballrooms with beautiful views, water gardens, and the Cottage Green for the perfect mountain wedding with views of the lake with a lakefront firepit. (more…)

Lake Tahoe Location Spotlight: The Ritz Carlton

Photo: From Ritz Carlton Lake Tahoe Website

Combining what outdoor fans love of the famed beauty in Tahoe with world-class luxury amenities and service, this is one of my favorite locations, and I’m honored to be on the prestigious list of Preferred Planners for The Ritz Carlton Lake Tahoe.

The location options for exchanging vows and celebratory festivities around the wedding are nothing short of epic at The Ritz Carlton, Lake Tahoe. One of the things I love most about this location is that it truly serves the destination wedding clientele with convenience, diversity and service in one location. The bride, groom, wedding guests and family can all stay in one location and participate in the rich activities that the resort offers. Activities ranging from hiking, watersports, fly fishing, to all sorts of winter activities and more abound. (more…)

Graciously Negotiating With Your Event Supply Partners (Vendors)

Photo: Justine Ungaro

It has always been said that if you ask nicely, folks are likely to give you almost anything, and triply so if you’re appreciative of them.  While a professional wedding planner actually has already-established contacts who work with them and often offer considerably lower rates if a client is working with a planner because they know it will be much easier, sometimes wedding couples find themselves doing some of the initial legwork themselves.  (more…)

5 Elements Every Engaged Couple Should Have On Their Wedding Website

Photo: Ciprian Photography

As a destination wedding planner in Lake Tahoe, one of the nation’s (if not the world’s) top wedding locations, I know how important pre-event communication is for the guest.  So many times I see couple’s focus only on the event itself- which, don’t get me wrong, is my specialty and is important, but equally as important is the accuracy and communication prepping the wedding guests in advance.  Doing so actually supports the event vision and implementation “day-of” in a huge way.   (more…)

How Pre-Event Communication Benefits Your Guests & A Seamless Wedding Day

Photo: Ciprian Photography

As a wedding planner, I will let you in on a little secret:  much of the success at an event is based on how the guests were communicated with in advance to prepare.   And if you are getting married in Lake Tahoe or its vicinity, it is more important than most places to empower your guests with critical information that will affect your event and your vendors, due to our unique weather and logistics.  Here’s why: (more…)

When Wedding Planners Get Married: My Own Wedding On Top of the World

susie-alex-6-2There are those in life who make things happen. There are those who watch things happen. And there are those who wonder what happened. Since I have never been the latter two personality types, you can imagine that like all brides, my wedding had to be a reflection of who I am and showcase my (now) husband Alex’s and my personalities and expression of how we view and enjoy “making life happen”. And on March 16th, 2016, boy did we! (more…)